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Today is our last day in Cincinnati before Jenny joins me in Wilmington, NC. I love Wilmington, but there’s a lot about Cincinnati that I’ll miss.

Starting with our house. I’m sitting on our deck, having breakfast, watching the sun rise over the trees and hearing the birds chirp. The nasty heat and humidity of a few days ago have given way to very pleasant mornings and tolerable twilights. We’ve made so many improvements getting the house ready to sell that it’s a shame we won’t enjoy them.

Yes, new adventures await. But today, I’m thinking about some of the things we’ll miss (in no particular order):

  • Friends in Oxford, especially at Holy Trinity
  • Wyoming, OH, the best place to live in the Cincinnati area
  • The Roebling Bridge
  • The Reds
  • Chili, both Skyline and Camp Washington
  • Saturday lunch at the Wyoming Meat Market
  • Our house

So, today is a day for remembering. Tomorrow we look forward.

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Streetscene in Columbus, OH, July 29, 2010.

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Adapted from our annual Christmas letter:

Last night we celebrated our daughter Mary’s birthday. It was a surprise party organized by some of her friends. Unfortunately, a birthday near Christmas sometimes can get lost in the shuffle — but not this one. A good way to approach the end of the year.

Okay, so it wasn’t the best year we’ve seen. The bad news is that a tree fell on our house in April. Oh, wait, that was the good news.

Actually, “a tree fell on our house” is a pretty good metaphor for the year. Miami University decided to end local operation of WMUB, and the last day for the staff was June 30th. Cleve will teach a couple of courses at Miami-Hamilton starting in January, and has also been working on some research and writing projects (yes, Virginia, there really is a ‘theCallisongroup.com’). Despite this teensy setback, Jenny and Cleve made it to their annual outing with friends in Pisgah National Forest.

Jenny has had an interesting year. Miami’s Farmer School of Business moved into its new headquarters, a LEED-certified building that’s really spectacular. There’s been much to do all year, especially this fall. She’s active in the Wyoming JWC (“Any club that invites me and has ‘Junior’ in the title,” she notes, “is a good club.”) She’s also continuing to write for the Cincinnati Enquirer, concentrating mostly on stories about home remodelings and makeovers. We don’t recommend having a tree fall on your house to jump-start this process.

It’s been a year of transition for Mary. After graduating from Miami last December, she worked here in Cincinnati in a variety of jobs. She worked at a bar/restaurant at the top of Mt. Adams (great city views), worked for the Census in Ohio and West Virginia, and for an upscale lifestyle store. But the big news is that she’ll start graduate school in business in Texas beginning in January, right after her birthday.

John is a ‘first-year senior’ at the University of South Carolina. He’ll graduate next December, thus giving Steve Spurrier one more year to get the football team up to speed; in the meantime, he’s busy with his singing. He had his Junior Recital in February and was in Our Town (the Ned Rorem opera) in the spring. He had the lead in the East Side Players’ summer production of Bye Bye Birdie. And this fall he had the male lead in the USC production of The Light in the Piazza.

In times like these, the support of family and friends is even more precious. May your carbon footprint be reduced in 2010!

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IMG_0893A view from our deck.

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Lorain, 1908

Lorain, 1908

On June 28, 1924, the deadliest tornado in Ohio’s history struck Lorain, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie. Here’s WMUB’s Ohio Bicentennial Minute and a Wikipedia article.

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Cleveland Press graphic

On June 25, 2003, WMUB broadcast an Ohio Bicentennial Minute on Dorothy Fuldheim. She was the first woman anchor on television news in America, on WEWS in Cleveland, OH. Click on her photo to link to the Wikipedia article, and click on the Ohio Bicentennial Minute logo to hear the audio.

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